Info + Research: Coffee

CoffeeResearchCoffee is usually associated with waking people up in the morning, but it can also perk up your skin. The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits for your skin, from treating redness and inflammation, to reducing the appearance of under-eye circles, to getting rid of cellulite. By incorporating caffeine into your skin care routine, you can reveal evenly toned, smooth skin all over your body.

Reduces Inflammation
Caffeine has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. In a 1981 study performed at the Seoul National University, researchers found that caffeine is able to reduce inflammation almost as well as aspirin; in a 1978 performed at the University of Tennessee, researchers found that adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams significantly increased their effectiveness. Overall, use of skin care products containing caffeine will reduce and prevent inflammation and redness, leaving you with a beautiful, even skin tone.

Helps Get Rid of Under-Eye Circles
Dark under-eye circles can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, allergies, lack of sleep or genetics. Although caffeine cannot completely erase hereditary dark circles, applying caffeine under your eyes will reduce the puffiness and inflammation associated with dark circles. Additionally, caffeine reduces the build-up of blood under your eyes which contributes to dark shadows. Several eye creams contain caffeine, or you can apply moist tea bags to your eyes for five minutes to reduce puffiness and give you a more alert appearance.

Gets Rid of Cellulite
Caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. In a 2008 study performed at the University of São Paulo, researchers found that an application of skin cream containing caffeine to cellulite reduced the size of cellulite fat cells by 17 percent. In addition, a 2007 study performed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro found that caffeine cream applied to cellulite decreased the hip’s diameter in almost 70 percent of participants. A number of anti-cellulite creams have been developed to reduce the appearance of cellulite, or you can take advantage of the power of caffeine by adding ground or instant coffee to your regular body scrub at home.

Info obtained from Livestrong.com

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Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

YlangYlangEOThis oil is created by steam distilling from flowers.  It contains antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, and tonic properties.  This oil has been known for its uses as an

  1. Aphrodisiac
  2. Balancing Equilibrium
  3. Calming
  4. Colic
  5. Constipation
  6. Crying
  7. Diabetes
  8. Indigestion
  9. Exhaustion
  10. Fear
  11. Frigidity
  12. Frustration
  13. Hair loss
  14. High blood pressure
  15. Hormonal balance
  16. Impotence
  17. Infection
  18. Low libido
  19. Palpitations
  20. Relaxation
  21. Regulate heartbeat
  22. Regulate respiration
  23. Sedative
  24. Sex drive
  25. Skin treatments
  26. Sooth insect bites
  27. Stress reliever
  28. Stomachaches
  29. Support thick, shiny, lustrous hair and reported to help control split ends)
  30. Tension reliever

It was once used on the bed of newlywed couples on their wedding night due to the aphrodisiac properties! It’s made to enhance/influence sexual energy and relationships by stimulating the adrenal glands.

You can apply this directly to your reflex points, diffuse, or over your thymus to help stimulate the immune system.

You may use this as a Dietary Supplement.  This has been deemed safe by the FDA for consumption, but NOT for children under the age of 6 and must be diluted even more for children over the age of 6.  You can add 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp of honey or in 4 oz of a liquid beverage.

This blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Marjoram, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.

Its smell is Middle to Base note and is sweet, heavy, narcotic, cloying, tropical floral, with spicy-balsamic undertones. And was rated a 5 on the scale for intensity.

White Fir Essential Oil

White Fir EO

White Fir Essential Oil is made by steam distillation from needles.  Makes tons of sense as to the strong Christmas tree-like scent it has.  It’s noted to have an intensity of around 3, and has a woodsy, fresh, earthy, sweet smell.

It has analgesic, antiarthritic, anticatarrhal, antiseptic, expectorant, and stimulant properties.

Uses for this oil include

  1. Arthritis
  2. Asthma
  3. Bronchitis
  4. Bronchial obstructions
  5. Bursitis
  6. Cartilage Inflammation
  7. Coughs
  8. Energizing
  9. Fevers
  10. Fighting airborne germs/bacteria
  11. Furniture Polish
  12. Muscle Fatigue
  13. Muscle Pain
  14. Oxygenating the cells
  15. Overexercised Muscles
  16. Sprains
  17. Sinitus
  18. Rheumatism
  19. Reducing Aches and Pains related to colds and the flu
  20. Respiratory congestion
  21. Urinary Tract Infection

You can apply this oil neat (meaning no dilution required) to your reflex points and/or area of concern; and of course you can diffuse… especially during the Winter holidays!  Aromatically it creates a feeling of grounding, anchoring, and empowerment while it can stimulate the mind and relax the body.  Want to add more to your diffuser?  It blends well with Lavender and Frankincense.

So just be careful because this is an FDA approved oil to be used as a Food Additive and Flavoring Agent, but it’s not recommended for ingestion by children under the age of 6.  This can also create skin sensitivity… so PLEASE if you see that you are having a reaction to the oil, STOP using and consult your medical professional.

Info obtained by the book, Modern Essentials; A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, Fourth Edition.

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Essential Oil of Lime

Benefits of Lime EO

Put the Lime in the coconut and call me in the moooooorning, yes you call me in the morning!

This Essential Oil, like many, smells amazing.  If you close your eyes and take in a deep breath of Lime EO, it takes you right back to the beaches of Florida.

To extract this oil, it is cold expressed from the peel.

It has antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, and tonic properties.

Back in the day it was used as a remedy for dyspepsia with glycerin of pepsin.  It was often used in place of lemon for fevers, infections, sore throats, and colds.

Common Primary Uses have been for
Bacterial Infections
Fever
Gum/Grease Removal
Revitalizing Skin

Beneficial for:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Soothing broken capillaries
  4. Dissolving cellulite
  5. Depression
  6. Improving clarity of thought
  7. Energy
  8. Exhaustion
  9. Gallstones
  10. Cleansing hair
  11. Promoting leukocyte formation
  12. Liver deficiencies in children
  13. Listlessness
  14. Lymphatic system cleansing
  15. Memory improvement
  16. Nervous conditions
  17. Cleansing children’s skin
  18. Cleansing Sore throats
  19. Cleansing Water
  20. Air purification
  21. Promoting a sense of well being
  22. Removing gum
  23. Removing wood stain
  24. Removing oil spots
  25. Removing grease spots
  26. Remove dead skin cells
  27. Skin tightening and connective tissue

This oil can be applied to the Vita Flex Points and/or directly on your area of concern.  You can diffuse it to receive the aromatic influences and benefits.  You can find this in a few of our Scrubs in Sweet + Salty and in Simple Sugar, Bath Salts, and Lip Balms.

With that being said, if you apply this oil directly, you want to avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours due to the oil being a photo-toxic and can cause photo-sensitivity.  It has been regarded safe for human consumption by the FDA.  You can actually dilute one drop of oil in 1 tsp honey OR 1 drop of oil in 4 oz of a beverage to use as a Dietary Supplement.

If you want to blend with other oils, they have recommended Citronella, clary sage, lavender, rosemary, and all other citrus oils (like lemon in our Limeonade scrub)!

Info obtained from the Modern Essential book, 4th Editions, A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

 

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Activated Charcoal… not what you grill with.

Activated CharcoalActivated Charcoal is not what is sounds like.  It’s not something you’ll throw under the grill to cook your hamburger, it’s actually a fine black powder made from refined coconuts.  It’s 100% alkaline and is spinning with electrons.  It has been used dated back to 450BC by Hindu’s and also by Hippocrates + Pliney, and last, but not least, it was used in WWI and was placed in the masks of soldiers to keep them from inhaling toxic chemicals.

But today, we use it to detoxify the body and skin.  On the skin, it absorbs toxins that are trapped under and is great to fight acne and cellulite.  It can speed up healing wounds, relieve itchiness from bites or stings, remove toxins from bites or stings, eliminates body odor from underarms, feet, and the scalp.  But we’re not done yet… you can even use it as a teeth whitener or reduce/eliminate body gas!!

This ingredient is in our Green Lava and Moroccan Lava Masks.  But don’t feel like you have to limit this to your face.. you can use it all over your body!  Take 1 tsp of the mask powder and combine it with 1 tsp of water, rosewater, or even coconut oil and mix it together to make a paste.  Then you rub it on your face and let it sit for a minimum of 10 minutes.  Then wipe off with warm water and a rag.  If you want to make a body mask, use the same technique of 1 tsp of mask powder to 1 tsp of your chosen ingredient and begin to put on your body working from the top down (this is a specific method to doing this, not just a suggestion).  Keep it on for 10 min and then hop in the shower and rinse it off.  Be sure to drink water and keep hydrated because when you are pulling out the toxins, you want to replenish with fluid!

We received our information from Livestrong,

Put your fresh face forward for 2014

FreshFaceChoose from our variety of Clay masks to cleanse and rejuvenate your face.. or body!  After you wash/rinse your face, top it off with our Wake Your Face solution; made with chamomile tea and essential oils of lavender and melaleuca.

6 Ways to Ease Your Hangover

NewsFeed

Happy New Year! If you’re one of the many revelers around the world who over-imbibed last night, remember for next time that the only real way to cure a hangover is to drink in moderation and avoid getting one at all. But in the meantime, don’t panic, because there are a few easy remedies that will ease your head-pounding, body-aching, regret-having pain.

NewsFeed consulted Dr. Jason Burke, an anesthesiologist who specializes in the treatment of veisalgia (otherwise known as the common hangover) to shed some light on which cures will best alleviate the symptoms. Before you read on, go ahead and grab a glass of water to tide you over.

1. Greasy breakfast food

If you’re craving a big breakfast full of fatty foods, follow your instincts. Fat contains more calories than protein or carbs, so it’s the fastest way to help your body process out the breakdown products of alcohol, Dr…

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DIY Elderberry

DIY ElderberryElderberry was most recently seen on The Walking Dead (amazing show).  They used it to help the sick get better!  Mountain Rose Herbs states that you can find Elderberry growing in moist areas along rivers, roads, and in forests, this immune boosting botanical has a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Elderberry syrup is a proven remedy for preventing and recovering from the flu, colds, excessive mucus, sore throats, and contains large amounts of antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Take a tablespoon daily to ward off illness and a teaspoon every 2-3 hours while sick. For children under 2, add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. You can even drizzle the delicious syrup over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream!

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

  • 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried organic Elderberries (harvest blue or black, avoid poisonous reds) –
  • 3 cups water –
  • 1 cup raw local honey –
  • 1 organic Cinnamon stick,
  • 3 organic Cloves, and organic Ginger (optional)
  1. Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Smash the berries to release remaining juice
  4. Strain the mixture.
  5. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey.

Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge.